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Directed by Florence E. Freeman
Abby Brewster MARGARET MANN
Rev. Harper CHARLES WOLFE
Teddy Brewster DON BILODEAU
Office Brophy DAVID HIGGINS
Mortimer MARK MacMILLAN
Officer Klein MICHAEL PAVONE
Martha Brewster MILDRED ADELSON
Mr. Gibbs ROBERT GOLDMAN
Elaine Harper MARY GATTER
Jonathan AARON JACOBS
Einstein GERARD ROY
Officer O'Hara DAVID D. SCANNELL
Lt. Rooney PAUL SULLIVAN
Mr. Witherspoon JOHN FLETCHER
SYNOPSIS OF SCENES
The entire action of the play takes place in the living room
of the Brewster home in Brooklyn. Time: The present.
An afternoon in September
That same night.
Scene I : Later that night.
Scene II: Early the next morning.
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatist's Play Service Inc.
MANAGEMENT OF THE PLAY
Director Florence Freeman
Producer Madelyn Burbank
Stage Manager Ann Marie Foran
Set Design Robert (Bob) Martin, Madelyn Burbank
Technical Design George Magyar
Stage Crew Kathleen Dooher, Arthur O'Malley,
David Higgins, Mark MacMillan, Margaret Mann.
Lights Kathleen Dooher, Arthur O'Malley
Decor Alice Woodall, Robert (Bob) Martin
Costumes Alice Woodall
Make Up Mary Ellen Shea
Props Ellen Shaw
Prompter Ann Sullivan
Publicity William & Susan Presley, Joan Foran
Hospitality Janet Grey, Joan Foran
Program Insert Mary Keefe, Joyce O'Connor
The Club invites you to have refreshments in the William S. Parker
Room following the second act. Champagne will be sold. Lights will be
dimmed shortly before the end of intermission.
Friday, May 10 — Mrs. James E. Amberman, Mrs. John T. Foynes, Mrs. Paul
B. Kussman, Mrs. Margaret M. MacMillan.
Saturday, May 11 — Mrs. Paul F. Abbott, Mrs. David D. Scannell, Jr., Miss
Joanna Scannell, Mrs. David D. Scannell III.
Friday, May 17 — Mrs. John A. Caskie, Mrs. David C. Foran, Mrs. Malcolm
C. Reese, Mrs. Evelyn M. Sweeney.
Saturday, May 18 — Mrs. Julius Crasco, Mrs. Charles M. Seidenberg, Mrs.
Maureen Vaughn, Mrs. J. Martin Woodall.
Friday — Ellen Kussman, Patricia Kussman
Saturday — Patricia Mclntyre, Susan Mclntyre
Friday — Jane Foran, Maura Vaughn
Saturday — Wendy Ohen, Martin Kennedy
AT THE DOOR
Friday — Mr. James E. Amberman, Mr. Paul B. Kussman
Saturday — Mr. Paul F. Abbott
Friday — Mr. John C. Foran
Saturday — Mr. James F. Vaughn III
MARGARET MANN (Maggie) would probably call it Much Ado
About Nothing, but it's really Love's Labors Lost to the F.C. as Maggie
makes her farewell appearance in the role of Abby Brewster. "I've had
fun doing everything, from props, prompting and producing, to other chores
backstage, and I have played all sorts of eccentric little old ladies onstage."
No eccentric herself, our audiences and players have warmed to this lady
and her talents for many years. No big deal, as promised, Maggie, but we
know courage, gallantry and humor when we see it . . . and we'll miss you.
Exeter, New Hampshire (78 High Street) may be the new address, but we will
always claim first rights to a remarkable friend and tireless Footlighter. Wish
the play were Stand Up and Cheer. We would!
CHARLIE WOLF irreverent to his delightful core, adds Reverend
Harper to a list of roles extending back through multitudinous happy
performances. He was not Born Yesterday, but he was Barefoot. He has
had directors Halfway Up the Tree and we've never met Mary, Mary, but we,
like our audiences, know that it is Never Too Late for Charlie.
DON BILODEAU when not helping his alter ego, Teddy (Roosevelt)
Brewster, lead the charge up San Juan hill, is a printer who majored in
drama at the University of New Hampshire. He has appeared at the Pease
Play House in N. H. and just recently at F. C. in Witness for the Prosecution.
DAVID HIGGINS plays Officer Brophy by night and Catholic
Memorial senior by day. He enters B. C. in the fall and hopes to include
drama work in his courses there. Welcome to F. C, David.
MARK MacMILLAN as Mortimer, barely resembles little Patrick
Dennis of Auntie Mame fame a few years back, but bears a close resemblance
to a promising young actor, which he is. He was active in the Junior's
appearing in excerpts from Glass Menagerie and Tom Jones. Nice to see
you again, Mark.
MICHAEL PAVONE has given arresting performances before, so
Officer Klein was a natural cameo for him. Nine prior shows, among them
Plaza Suite, Hogan's Goat, Black Comedy, Witness, etc., make him a familiar
and welcome figure on our stage.
MILDRED ADELSON must be a good actress because, unlike Martha
Brewster she hasn't got a murderous bone in her body! To act well means
making the improbable believable and Mildred started doing that at age 16,
when she played a 60-year-old woman in Awake and Sing with the Ford
Hall Players. Since then, she has reaped the rewards of her many skills
on both sides of the footlights. The kids who come to the Jamaica Plains
library know how lucky they are to have her and we, who come to the
Footlights, enthusiastically share their sentiments.
ROBERT GOLDMAN is as good as gold to have around, man. He
makes his Footlight debut as Mr. Gibbs tonight, the third family member
to display his talents at Eliot Hall. Welcome and break a leg, Bob!
MARY GATTER as Elaine Harper is another Footlight "first." She is
a medical student who has appeared elsewhere in Murder in the Cathedral
and Death and Santa Claus. She didn't say so, but it sounds like she's
studying to be a pathologist. Enjoy her while she lasts and happy first to
AARON JACOBS is making a second Footlight appearance as the
malevolent Jonathan. Earlier credits include Funny Girl with the Wellesley
Players and Blythe Spirit at the Footlights. Guess all that happiness just got
too much for a Professor of Economics and we think his conversion to 'the
heayy' will be rewarding for Aaron and for you.
GERARD ROY creates the role of Dr. Einstein, tonight, so out of
character for a young man whose humanitarian instincts led him to volunteer
as a Paramedic in Guatemala and who now undertakes the task of
Coordinator for Summerthing in J. P. We are sure you'll like his spring thing,
too, and F.C. welcomes him warmly.
DAVID SCANNELL plays Officer O'Hara with the touch to be
expected of a third generation Footlighter. A teacher in Boston, son of a
former F. C. treasurer, he was most recently seen in Witness for the
Prosecution. How legal can you get, David?
PAUL SULLIVAN is senior officer in our little police force as Lt.
Rooney, but in reality he is a Junior at Boston College. A recent juror in
Witness, he has plans to become an attorney and presently works in the
Consumer Proteaion Division of the Attorney General's office. He is
currently researching the labeling on arsenic bottles . . . but see for yourself
how well he does it.
JOHN FLETCHER is a welcome returnee whom we see tonight as Mr.
Witherspoon. You will remember him in Hogan's Goat and Black Comedy.
It's pleasant to see you again, John.
FLORENCE FREEMAN has direaed so many popular produaions at
Footlight that we did the only thing we could . . . made her our President!
The Fantasticks was her most recent effort and she has our very special
thanks for her work on the current production. She is deft, witty and
respectful of the playwright's work . . . but see for yourself what happy
results that combination creates.